INSPIRATIONAL   QUOTES

 

· August 24, 2000
" Life can only be understood backwards;
But it must be lived forward."
--- Soren Kierkegaard --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington

· August 23, 2000
" Try to remember what you were worrying about a year ago and if you can
even remember, ask yourself if it really was worth worrying about. Now think
about how you will feel about today's problem a year from now."
--- M.A. --- Massachusetts

· August 23, 2000
" Failure is not falling down; failure is not getting up."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by J. Barton --- Texas

· August 21, 2000
" It is in giving that one receives."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.C. --- Ohio

· August 21, 2000
" Be nice to people on your way up
Because you will meet them on your way down."
--- Wilson Mizner --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng -- Malaysia


· August 18, 2000
" It is better to shoot for the stars and miss
Than to aim for a skunk and hit it."
--- Brenda Gilmore --- Submitted by J. Barton --- Texas

· August 18, 2000
" When I hire an employee
I am constantly looking for those to whom I might need to say, 'Whoa'
But never, 'Gittyup'."
--- Copyright © 1994 Keith Straughn

· August 18, 2000
" Your dreams minus your doubts equal your true worth."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Bill Tait --- Pennsylvania

· August 16, 2000
" Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by A. Cruciano --- Virginia

· August 16, 2000
" Our lives are full of successes,
It's just a great percentage of our successes are overcoming failures!
So take hope in a failure today, learn from it, and it is a success!"
--- Copyright © 2000 Dazza DeSeymour

· August 16, 2000
" Do it trembling if you must, but do it!"
--- Emmet Fox --- Submitted by K.A. --- British Columbia, Canada

· August 14, 2000
" In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
The stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Marcia S. --- North Carolina

· August 14, 2000
" Be a slave to your conscience and a master to your mind."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Angela Philips --- Andhra Pradesh, India

· August 14, 2000
" Life is filled with so many exciting twists and turns. Hop off the
straight and narrow whenever you can and take the winding paths. Experience
the exhilaration of the view from the edge. Because the moments spent there,
that take your breath away, are what make you feel truly alive."
--- Copyright © 2000 Stacey Charter

· August 11, 2000
" The man who said he never had a chance, never took one."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mike Downes --- North Carolina

· August 11, 2000
" When you reach your limit, break through it!"
--- Copyright © 2000 Matthew Mehler

· August 11, 2000
" One must still have chaos in oneself
To be able to give birth to a dancing star."
--- Nietzche --- Submitted by G. Bransteitter --- Colorado

· August 9, 2000
" Whatever you say, say it with Authority, Conviction, and Enthusiasm!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jesse Pena --- Texas

· August 9, 2000
" It's never too late to do the dance of life,
Take the chance, before the dance stops."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lynnette Coldani --- California

· August 9, 2000
" There are things in life that are difficult to accept
But we must in order to learn and progress."
--- Copyright © 1997 Archie Lancara

· August 7, 2000
" You will never find happiness through self-satisfaction."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by E.A. --- Illinois

· August 7, 2000
" You'll never make it to the next level by holding on to the first."
--- Copyright © 2000 Rod St.Hilaire

· August 7, 2000
" Success covers a multitude of blunders!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Rad Zamani --- Georgia

· August 4, 2000
" Success is not a concrete thing.
It's an idea, a vision, and is never truly achieved.
There's always more to conquer."
--- Copyright © 2000 Dallas King

· August 4, 2000
" If people relied solely on reason, they would not run marathons.
But we are not creatures of reason, we are creatures of passion.
We need reason, of course, to steer the ship.
But if the winds of passion are not in our sails,
All the steering in the world would get us nowhere."
--- Noel Carroll --- Submitted by Nathan B. --- California

· August 4, 2000
" A great leader doesn't try to explain her vision,
She simply invites you along to stand beside her,
And see for yourself."
--- Reverend J.R. Inman ( inspired by Captain Sandra Perron)
--- Submitted by Steve Dowling --- Ontario, Canada

· August 2, 2000
" If you are honest, you never have to remember what you said."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ed Harris --- Wisconsin

· August 2, 2000
" Don't let anything without a heart beat you."
--- Sugar Ray Robinson --- Submitted by D.N. --- California

· August 2, 2000
" Dream your wildest dreams and you will live a wild life."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Michelle B. --- Victoria, Australia

· July 31, 2000
" Part of being a good leader is knowing who to follow."
--- Copyright © 2000 Andrew Rodriguez

· July 31, 2000
" Leadership is an opportunity to serve."
--- J. Donald Walters --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

· July 31, 2000
" Success comes to those who dare to begin."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by M. Wilson --- Scotland, United Kingdom

· July 28, 2000
" The 3 key components for success are as follows:
1) Psychological Preparedness
2) Physical Conditioning
3) Mental Toughness"
--- Chuck Norris --- Submitted by D. Jega --- Singapore

· July 28, 2000
" Make it a point to be beautiful on the inside.
One day the outside won't be so beautiful
And inside will be all you have."
--- Copyright © 1999 Chrys Hambley

· July 28, 2000
" Don't dwell on your past
When you work so hard everyday to better your future."
--- J.E. --- Submitted by S. Lackey --- Arizona

· July 26, 2000
" A marathon runner......
They run slow....
But they run far....."
--- Copyright © 2000 Johnny Loh

· July 24, 2000
" The long way around is the short way in the long run."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Danny Taylor --- Queensland, Australia

· July 24, 2000
" Whenever you fall, pick up something."
--- Oswald Theodore Avery --- Submitted by Erica Mimran --- California

· July 24, 2000
" When you hear the word "No," stop, look, and listen.
"No" only means a better solution for everyone concerned is available.
"No" doesn't mean "No" until you give up, give in, and give out.
Follow your dreams.
Don't take "No" for the answer."
--- Copyright © 2000 Brynde' Lambert

· July 21, 2000
" Gratitude is always the right attitude."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kirk Scherz --- Washington

· July 21, 2000
" If you lie down with dogs,
You'll wake up with fleas."
--- My Grandpa - Ken Williams --- Submitted by Andie Fabian --- Michigan

· July 19, 2000
" The key to success in sales is your customers success.
If you don't know their goal, you don't know yours."
--- Copyright © 2000 David Daley

· July 19, 2000
" Your success is only limited by your desire."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by T. Gargiulo --- New Jersey

· July 17, 2000
" Always fall in with what you're asked to accept.
My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going.
Not against; with."
--- Robert Frost --- Submitted by Sharon Ogden --- Kentucky

· July 17, 2000
" Always give people more than they expect to get."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sumit Bhargava --- India

· July 14, 2000
THE 4 AGREEMENTS

1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORDS:
Speak with integrity and say only what you mean. Avoid using the words to
speak against yourself or to gossip about another. Use the power of your
words in the direction of truth and love.

2. DON'T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY:
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say or do is a projection
of their reality and their dreams not yours. When you are immune to the
opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless
suffering.

3. DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS:
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings,
sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement you can transform your
life.

4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST:
Your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different
when you are healthy as opposed to when you are sick. Under any
circumstances simply do your best and you will avoid self judgement, self
abuse and regret.
--- Don Rutz --- Sent in by Patricia Love --- California

· July 14, 2000
" Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do,
Do it and let it speak for itself."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jennifer Yontz --- Florida

· July 12, 2000
" Work smarter, not harder."
--- Marvin Johnston --- Submitted by Philip Blaylock --- Mississippi

· July 12, 2000
" Only those who do not expect anything are never disappointed. Only those
who never try, never fail. Anyone who is currently achieving anything in
life is simultaneously risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing
something than to excel in doing nothing. A flawed diamond is more valuable
than a perfect brick. People who have no failures also have few victories."
--- John L. Mason --- Submitted by Kristy K. --- Oklahoma

· July 10, 2000
" I have failed over and over again -- that is why I succeed."
--- Michael Jordan --- Submitted by D.L. --- New Mexico

· July 10, 2000
" The distance from failure to success is never longer
Than the Bridge of HOPE."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Allen G. --- Pampanga, Philippines

· July 7, 2000
" If you tremble with indignation at every injustice,
Then you are a comrade of mine."
--- Che Guevara --- Submitted by Manuel Carmona --- California

· July 7, 2000
" True teamwork is a two way street:
Reaching out to help colleagues
And also being open and receptive to help when it is offered."
--- Author Unknown
--- Submitted by Ephraim Makwatse --- Johannesburg, South Africa

· July 5, 2000
" If I always do
What I've always done
I will always get
What I always got."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by P. Simpson --- Connecticut

· July 5, 2000
" You must know where you've been, to know where you are.
You must know where you are, to know where you're going."
--- Copyright © 1999 Gail Pasqualotto

· July 3, 2000
" Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Guillermo Suarez --- Yucatan, Mexico

· July 3, 2000
" Why dwell on the past,
When you work so hard everyday to better your future?"
--- Copyright © 2000 John Eisler
August 25, 2000
" You can be as BIG as you want to be,
Because life is too short to be little!"
--- Copyright © 1992 Mark "Doc" Andrews

· August 25, 2000
" When the world knocks you down, get back up!
It is better to be knocked down again,
Rather than to be kicked when you're down."
--- Copyright © 2000 Mark Hayden

· August 25, 2000
" Life is like a mountain;
It is beautiful and glorious at the top,
But is much more rewarding if you climb it on your own."
--- Copyright © 2000 Jared Williams

· August 23, 2000
" The man who makes no mistakes, doesn't really make anything."
--- Zeke Allen, (my Dad) --- Submitted by Jeff Allen --- California

· August 23, 2000
" Life is an anticipation for the next best thing to happen."
--- Copyright © 1986 Jade Major

· August 23, 2000
" Few see beyond the outward appearance
And recognize the true worth of a human soul.
When they do, miracles occur."
--- Thomas S. Monson --- Submitted by Aaron Humphreys --- California

· August 21, 2000
" There is nothing that we can't have,
Except that for some it takes a little longer."
--- Mario Flores --- Submitted by Rosie Ramos --- Texas

· August 21, 2000
Identity

To please the senses requires impulse.
In turn the deliverance is grief.
I must look past the pleasures and look at what brings happiness.

To please the soul requires fortitude.
In turn the deliverance is happiness.
Happiness is not earned easily; rather, it is earned through suffering.

I have waged an internal battle
To differentiate between pleasure and happiness.
Through my success I have achieved greatness.
Through my failures I have learned success.

I've learned to let the shackles of others expectations cripple me.
I've learned to be the victim of circumstances.
Thus, I've learned impulse.

I've learned to create discipline.
I've learned to create worth.
Thus, I've learned to create happiness

Never will I take for granted my impulses and my failures.
For, it is the root of my success.
If demons of uncertainty and fear appear, I will turn away.
If I let them overcome me, I will persevere over them.

Happiness is learned. It is not given.
Though my learning is not complete, nor will it ever be.
I am not perfect. I am not infallible.
I am not flawless. I am only because I choose.
--- Copyright © 2000 Paul M. David

· August 21, 2000
" Concentrate on what you do.
If you do good, results ought to be good."
--- Lord Krishna --- Submitted by Vivek Godbole --- Maharashtra, India

· August 18, 2000
" Abnormal people are the only people who have ever changed the world
Because normal people stay normal."
--- David M. Hasz --- Submitted by Jennifer Maxwell --- Texas

· August 18, 2000
" A person who doubts himself
Is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies
And bear arms against himself."
--- Alexandre Dumas --- Submitted by Sharon Ogden --- Kentucky

· August 18, 2000
" It is always easier to get forgiveness than permission."
--- Copyright © 1990 Tom Wriggins

· August 16, 2000
" Stick to the fight when you are hardest hit
Because it is in these moments
That your true character is brought to light."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Boby Joseph --- Gujrat, India

· August 16, 2000
" Don't be discouraged;
Everyone who got where he is,
Started where he was."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Michael Armstrong --- Arkansas

· August 16, 2000
" Understand the past, anticipate the future, clarify the present."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by T. Plonski --- Michigan

· August 14, 2000
" A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work
and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his
education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply
pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves
others to determine if he is working or playing. To himself he is always
seems to be doing both."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by B.A. --- Rhode Island

· August 14, 2000
" It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given,
That separates one person form another."
--- Nelson Mandela --- Submitted by Stephen Tsien --- Manchester, United
Kingdom

· August 14, 2000
" 'Tis easy enough to be pleasant when life flows along like a song,
But the one worthwhile is the one who will smile
When everything goes DEAD WRONG!"
--- Ella Wheeler Wilcox --- Submitted by J. Nauman

· August 11, 2000
" Take the time to be patient."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by A Lemay --- Ontario, Canada

· August 11, 2000
" Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you,
They're supposed to help you discover who you are."
--- Bernice Johnson Reagan --- Submitted by Mingli Ee --- Singapore

· August 11, 2000
" Solitude is a place where all is quiet - except the beating of your
heart."
--- Jeanne Marie Laskas --- Submitted by Kirk Scherz --- Washington

· August 9, 2000
" Doing easily what others find difficult is talent;
Doing what is impossible for talent is genius."
--- Henri-Frederic Amiel --- Submitted by Laura M. --- Wisconsin

· August 9, 2000
" Is it half full? Half empty?
Not sure but I'll enjoy what I have."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alex Maraboli --- Arizona

· August 9, 2000
" Aim for the sky because chances are you won't miss."
--- Copyright © 2000 Matt Mehler

· August 7, 2000
" Don't be afraid to be yourself.
Be afraid not to."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jessica B. --- Arizona

· August 7, 2000
" Why is it that people who are the most open-minded
Are always the ones who have been to hell and back in their lifetime?"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jared B. --- Indiana

· August 7, 2000
" You will lose love with your mind,
But you will keep love forever with your heart!
That's why you have to listen to your heart!"
--- Copyright © 2000 Julien LeBlanc

· August 4, 2000
" Beliefs are either the keys to your freedom,
Or they can also become the giant locks to the prison
That keeps you from achieving what you want."
--- Anthony Robbins --- Submitted by Bob Arriaga --- Texas

· August 4, 2000
" Things may happen for a reason,
But sometimes things happen to give you a reason."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ricardo Mordaunt --- Hhohho, Swaziland

· August 4, 2000
" Big situations are showing you the way,
Let it be the right way.
Every day is a new adventure so don't fall apart,
Put your head up high and be happy you are alive."
--- Copyright ©1999 Jaser Badawi

· August 2, 2000
" Do not fear the unknown
And the possibilities that may exist;
But fear the known
And the definites that will always be"
--- Copyright © 1984 John Lamber

· August 2, 2000
" I used my imagination...
To make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be."
--- Whoopi Goldberg --- Submitted by Carrie Beth M. --- Ohio

· August 2, 2000
" Dance, when you are broken open.
Dance, if you have torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you are perfectly free."
--- Jalahuddin Rumi, d. 1273. Translated by Coleman Barks
--- Submitted by Jennifer Gokmen --- Istanbul, Turkey

· July 31, 2000
" Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled
among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has
much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise,
he would never have been able to find those words."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jenny B. --- Australia

· July 31, 2000
" Today's mistakes are tomorrow's experience."
--- Copyright © 2000 T.W.Hamdy

· July 31, 2000
" Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
--- Carl Jung --- Submitted by Linsey S. --- New York

· July 28, 2000
" A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance,
Nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.
There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men."
--- Henry David Thoreau --- Submitted by Richard Reynolds --- Indiana

· July 28, 2000
PRESCRIPTION FOR HAPPINESS

Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has
something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to
make the laughter outweigh the tears. Don't take yourself too seriously.

You can't please everybody; don't let criticism worry you.

Don't let your neighbor set your standards.

Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.

Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual
ones.

Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges.

Don't hold post-mortems. Don't spend your life brooding over sorrows and
mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.

Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

For maximum effectiveness, this prescription should be taken as often as
needed. Unlimited refills available. Share with your friends."
--- Attributed to Robert Louis Stevenson --- Sent in by Andrew Ho ---
Malaysia

· July 28, 2000
" Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
--- Raymond Barry --- Submitted by Andrew Roberts --- New York

· July 26, 2000
" There are three ways to do things:
The wrong way, the proven way and a better way."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Hank Janicki --- Michigan

· July 26, 2000
" All you can ever do, is the very best that you can."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Bart L. Owens --- Texas

· July 24, 2000
" Allow others to be who they are going to be.
Allow yourself to be who you are."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tristan Daniels --- Nova Scotia, Canada

· July 24, 2000
" Failure doesn't mean you are a failure;
It just means you haven't succeeded yet."
--- Robert Schuller --- Submitted by Pam H. --- Ontario, Canada

· July 24, 2000
" How does a bird know that it can fly,
If it never uses it's wings?"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Wallsend Womens Cricket --- NSW,
Australia

· July 21, 2000
" Above all, love each other deeply,
Because love covers over a multitude of sins."
--- I Peter 4:8 --- Submitted by Travis Williams --- Alaska

· July 21, 2000
" The last inch is the longest mile!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.W. --- New Jersey

· July 19, 2000
" Never give up. Never surrender!"
--- From the movie Galaxy Quest --- Submitted by J.M. --- Dominican Republic

· July 19, 2000
" Life is not about choices, it's about timing."
--- D.J.T. --- Gauteng, South Africa

· July 17, 2000
" There is power in the tongue.
What ever you speak out must come to pass.
It's your choice.
Choose to speak positive things.
It will make a difference!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ronnie Collins --- Texas

· July 17, 2000
" Face your fears, live your dreams."
--- Author Unknown
--- Submitted by Faiqah Armien --- Cape Town, South Africa

· July 14, 2000
" When we think of those companions
Who traveled by our side down life's road
Let us not say with sadness
That they left us behind
But rather with gratitude
That they were once with us"
--- Carolyn (inspired by the poetry of Russia)

· July 14, 2000
" A single act of kindness
Can make a lifetime of difference
To a person in a moment of need."
--- Copyright © 2000 Patrick Muenks

· July 12, 2000
" IMPOSSIBLE itself says I'M POSSIBLE."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kavitha Kodi --- Karnataka, India

· July 12, 2000
" It's not one or two great days; it's a whole lot of good days."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Amy Bloem --- Florida

· July 10, 2000
PERFECTION?

Sometimes, things don't always seem to be perfect,
But what is perfect?
Is perfect what you see in others or what is assumed to be perfect,
Or is perfect what you make of it?
If you believe perfect has a single definition,
Then you are unaware of true perfection.
True perfection is the way you turn a bad situation into a good one,
And in doing so you strengthen your belief in possibility.
True perfection is when you see aspects of another that only you can see,
Empowering your ability to see the good in others.
True perfection is realizing the quantity and quality of time involved,
Accepting this has renewed your ability to appreciate one another.
True perfection is indulging yourself in another's thoughts & feelings,
Setting the stage for selfless communication for years to come.
True perfection enables you to experience life with one another,
Enhancing your ability to evolve together through time.
Perfection is only an opinion & this is mine;

Possibility
Empowers
Relentless
Feelings through
Effort,
Coherence, and
Time.
--- Copyright © 1999 Dawn Lally

· July 10, 2000
" You must always get enough
So you don't have to go back for more."
--- Copyright © 2000 Shay Chancey

· July 7, 2000
" Never, ever, look back;
Something might be gaining."
--- Satchel Paige --- Sent in by Beau --- Ohio

· July 7, 2000
" The winds and the waves are on the side of the ablest navigators."
--- Author Unknown -- Sent in by Sharon Pires --- India

· July 5, 2000
" You feel the way you think, so think good."
--- Copyright © 1998 Scott Martin

· July 5, 2000
" Excellence will always attract quality."
--- Copyright © 1999 Desmond Frey

· July 3, 2000
" A winner never quits, a quitter never wins."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sumithra Krishnan --- Kerala, India

· July 3, 2000
" Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams.
Think not about what you have tried and failed,
But what is still possible for you to do.
To live is to change."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Christine MacPherson --- Maryland
·
· " Excellence is in the details.
Give attention to the details in everything you do
And excellence will come."
--- Perry Sexton --- Georgia

· " Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is for you."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson --- Submitted by Kathleen McLaughlin --- New York

· " Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good that we oft may win,
By fearing to attempt."
--- William Shakespeare --- Dan Eisenhauer --- Nova Scotia, Canada

· " The future belongs to those who see possibilities
Before they become obvious."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Maurice Howard --- Virginia

· " Be careful around those individuals who have bought into negativity
Because they have the uncanny ability of selling it as well!"
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

· " I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace,
Harmony, health, love and abundance.
Then whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me,
They will keep getting a busy signal
And soon they will forget the number."
--- Edith Armstrong --- Sent in by Brianne Wilson --- Washington

· " When facing a difficult task, act as if you cannot fail.
When going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Donna --- Colorado

· " I just want to be a good friend, that's all.
You can call me a leader,
But please do not call me a follower.
I have been on that trail;
It's so worn down that it's not useful to follow anymore.
I'm forging a new one.
So be willing to hold my hand, I will show you the way.
It's a long journey, and it will take some time,
But it can only begin through small steps."
--- Copyright © Paul Stuart Wichansky --- New Jersey

· Unselfish Love

" It is with mixed feelings, that I watch you go
But I know it's needed, so that you can grow
My prayer for you this day, as you begin to fly
Is that you can reach great happiness, though today we may cry
But let these tears flow from a place, a place we've never been
>From a love so deep inside of us, we soon will laugh again
For as you soar high above the clouds, may God guide your wings
For through ONLY Him can you accomplish, any and all things."
--- Copyright © Brian Jett --- Kentucky

· " It's not enough to have a dream,
Unless you're willing to pursue it.
It's not enough to know what's right,
Unless you're strong enough to do it.
It's not enough to learn the truth,
Unless you also learn to live it.
It's not enough to reach for love,
Unless you care enough to give it."
--- Author unknown --- Sent in by Laura A. Hoof --- Wisconsin

· " There is no color to the hand of friendship."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Heather Griggs

· " Persistence is the hard work you do
After you've finished doing the hard work you already did."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Dalton Marshall --- Alberta, Canada

· " There are those who see an opportunity
And then there are those who SEIZE an opportunity!"
--- Joanie Warren --- Georgia

· " If we choose to be offended when we don't get our own way,
Then we're going to live constantly on the edge of anger.
But if we say to ourselves, " A merry heart does good like a medicine,"
It'll make all the difference in the world."
--- Charles R. Swindoll --- Sent in By Chen Fawn Meng - Malaysia

· " Be brave. Even if you're not pretend to be.
No one can tell the difference."
--- H. Jackson Brown --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

· "Life can be like the ocean,
One day it's calm,
Another day there's a hurricane...
So be prepared."
--- Kendra Nelson ---Indiana

· " Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel
appreciated."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Gary Harrington --- Michigan

· " Performance: 80% is physical, the other half is mental."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Matt Willey

· " A smile brightens the darkest day."
--- Chinku --- Tavua, Fiji

· " A mind once expanded by a new idea,
Never returns to its original dimensions."
--- Oliver Wendell Holmes --- Submitted by John O'Neill --- Texas

· " Listen a hundred times,
Ponder a thousand times,
Speak once!"
--- Source Unknown --- Sent in by Terésa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia

· " People spent and excessive amount of time conjugating three verbs:
To Want, To Have, To Do.
We had forgotten that "To Be" is the source and fount of life."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Pinsky via Brian Jett --- Kentucky

· " There is so much good in the worst of us,
So much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly behooves any of us
To talk about the rest of us."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Alexandra Eanes --- Washington

· " All's well that starts well,
If you don't have the time to do it right in the first place,
Where will you find the time to do it over,
So all's well that starts well."
--- Pat Paradowski --- New Jersey

· On Facing Adversity:
" Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them,
If they are to be tried and extended
And pushed to the full use of their powers,
And rewarded according to their capacity."
--- Thomas Merton --- 'The Seven Storey Mountain'
--- Sent in by Bruce Bremer --- Out on a Submarine

· " Life is like a mine field,
You must walk through it one step at a time,
But with imagination.
Once you shut down your imagination and step in the wrong direction,
Things blow up."
--- Ty Howard --- Maryland

· " One's true character is most transparent
When placed in a position of power."
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

· " Private victories precede public victories."
--- S. R. Covey --- Sent in by Naomi Sena --- California

· " Forget about the business outlook,
Be on the outlook for business."
--- Paul J. Meyer, Success Motivation Institute
--- Sent in by David Sees --- Florida

· " The soul should always stand ajar,
Ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."
--- Emily Dickinson -- Sent by Sue --- Australia

· " If you don't stand for something,
You will fall for anything."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Gary Thadani

· " If one could only learn to appreciate the little things...
A song that takes you away, for there are those who cannot hear.
The beauty of a sunset, for there are those who cannot see.
The warmth and safety of your home, for there are those who are homeless.
Time spent with good friends for there are those who are lonely.
A walk along the beach for there are those who cannot walk.
The little things are what life is all about,
Search your soul and learn to appreciate."
--- By Shadi Souferian --- California

· " Dreams come true for those who work while they dream.....sweet dreams."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Hector Rodriguez --- Texas

· " It is not what you've got in life that counts,
Rather, it is how you use what you have."
--- Sent in by Mark Anderson --- New Jersey

· " Never fear shadows, it only means there is light near by."
--- Author Unknown ---Submitted by Robert Cox

· " It is alright to make mistakes, As long we learn from the mistakes
made."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Eddie --- Singapore

· " Nothing Ventured...
Something Lost."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Melinda Pipes

· " Aimer, ce n'est point nous regarder l'un l'autre,
mais regarder ensemble dans la même direction.
English Translation:
To love is not to look at each other,
But to look together in the same direction."
--- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
--- Contributed by Geneviève Parent --- Ontario, Canada

· " It's not that important that you win,
But more that you built that habit/mentality. "
--- Andy Nguyen, CEO of WMAS
--- Sent in by Sally Nguyen --- Virginia

· " True friendship is like a star,
You don't see it's light in the brightness of prosperity
But in the darkness of adversity."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Erin Davadilla --- Philippines

· " If the dream is big enough, the facts don't count."
--- Dexter Yager--- Sent in by Gary Harrington --- Michigan
--- Author's name provided by Karen VanderZee 4/28/00

· " When your emotional resources are running low,
You can say things out of character.
Ask for forgiveness to he or she you may have offended.
Most importantly, pray for the wisdom
To leave damaging things unsaid
And then read something positive and go to bed!"
--- Brian Jett --- Kentucky

· " Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day
That says ...I'll try again tomorrow."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Becky Volpe --- California

· " If you hate someone you simply misunderstand them.
Innocent love is the only true love.
To die with hate is to live without love.
If you want to understand me, you have to love me.
Hating is easy, loving is hard.
Hate is just misguided love.
Think with your brain but live with your heart."
--- Wade Pluff --- Contributed by Mary K. Yingsr --- South Carolina

· " There are risks and costs to a program of action
But they are far less than the long range risks and costs
Of comfortable inactions."
--- JFK --- Contributed by Patrick Walsh --- Canada

· " There are always two choices, two paths to take.
One is easy,
And that is its only reward."
--- Unknown -- Contributed by Linda Howard

· " You have a right to perform your prescribed duty,
But you are not entitled to the fruits of action.
Never consider yourself the cause
Of the results of your activities,
And never be attached to not doing your duty."
--- From the Bhagwad Gita, a holy book for the Hindus
--- Sent in by Jayesh Naithani

· " Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water."
--- Zen Buddhist Saying
--- Contributed by Mark Sillars --- Perth, Western Australia

· " An athlete striving to become the best,
Lets nothing stand in their way;
Not even the coach."
--- Unknown ---Submitted by K.B. --- Ohio

· " You must get in water over your head to learn to swim.
You must stay in water over your head to really succeed."
--- Dwight Cotton --- Kentucky

· " Live, Laugh, Love, & be Happy."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Larry J. Vigil

· " The difference between tenacity and stubbornness
Is that one comes from a strong will
And the other from a strong won't."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Phil --- Texas

· " Champions aren't made at the practice field.
Champions are made from something they have deep inside them;
A desire, a dream, a vision.
They have to have last-minute stamina,
They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than
the will!"
--- Heather --- North Carolina

· " Pay as you go and you won't owe!"
--- Anthony R. Niccoli --- Missouri

· " Your either part of the steamroller, or part of the pavement."
--- Robert V. Franco --- Michigan

· " Plan to succeed, or, you have planned to fail!"
--- Donnie Hall --- Kentucky

· TEN RULES FOR SUCCESS
1. Find your own particular talent.
2. Be Big.
3. Be Honest.
4. Don't worry about your problems.
5. Live with enthusiasm.
6. Don't let possessions posses you.
7. Don't cling to the past.
8. Look up to people when you can. Look down to no one.
9. Assume your full share of responsibility in the world.
10. Pray consistently and confidently.

--- Jerry Camelleri --- Washington

· " I have discovered that those who constantly complain
Will in their very circumstances constantly remain."
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

· " One man's disappointment
Is another man's livelihood."
--- Jarrod Geistdorfer --- Illinois

· " All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in this world
Are for enough good people to do nothing."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kurt

· " A true friend knows the song in your heart,
And can sing it back to you
When you have forgotten the words."
--- Donna Roberts
--- Sent in by Matt Sabatino --- Ohio
--- &
--- Jenifer Ivins, Age 18 --- Pennsylvania

· " If there is no wind, row."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Arbie Allen

· " If you are not part of the solution
Then you are part of the problem."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Bill Brown --- UK

· " A lot of people come in and out of our lives
But only a treasured few make a difference,
Leave an impression of love that lasts forever,
Only a few are as special as you."
--- Jen Smiley --- Texas

· " Team spirit is knowing and living the belief
That what a group of people can accomplish together
Is much larger, far greater, and will exceed
That which an individual can accomplish alone."
--- Diane Arias --- Massachusetts

· " If you need help, you need a friend.
If you don't need a friend, you need help."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Amanda Spring --- Texas

· " You have to go by instinct
And you have to be brave."
--- Winona Ryder in 'How to Make an American Quilt'
--- Submitted by Erin Sabatini --- Pennsylvania

· " Champions believe in themselves
Even if no one else does."
--- Unknown --- Contributed by Wes Wright --- Texas

· " The way we see the problem is the problem."
--- S. R. Covey
--- Sent in by Naomi Sena --- California

· " One, two, three four five,
All is well I am alive,
Six,seven,eight nine ten,
All is well, no whining then!"
--- Sue --- Australia

· " The only time we should look down upon another man
Is when we are bending over to help him up."
--- Author unknown --- Submitted by
--- Emily Knight and Marshay Clayborn

· " Success is not always achieved by hard work alone,
But mix it with a little organization
And a little strength from God above
And you'll have a winning recipe."
--- Andries S. Trollip --- South Africa

· " It's difficult to remember
When you are to your neck in alligators,
That your main objective
Was to drain the swimming pool."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Bob Webb --- Michigan

· " Life is like a piano.
Anyone can play a song through meaningless repetition,
But it takes passion to play a masterpiece."
--- Kent Nelson --- Alabama

· " The two hardest concepts to deal with in life
Are success and failure."
--- Anonymous --- Contributed by Adam Neft --- Pennsylvania

· " Great souls have wills, feeble souls only wishes."
--- Chinese proverb --- Contributed by Naomi Sena --- California

· " Get Your Mind Set,
Confidence Will Lead You On."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Curt Liddell --- Illinois

· " Self examination is a good and healthy thing,
But you must also forgive yourself
As you forgive others.
Many of our errors are as a snowflake
Falling unfelt upon the breast of winter."
--- Lori Hard

· " A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
--- Strictly Ballroom (movie)
--- Sent in by Sue --- Australia

· " The opportunities are always open,
To the heart of one who seeks to be of service
To those in need.
Through that service,
The one who gives,
Also receives."
--- By Rob Evan Hughes
--- Sent in by Alannah Sheriland --- Canada

· " Each morning when you wake up,
You choose to take a step forward,
A step back,
Or remain the same."
--- Justin Hazelton --- Pennsylvania

· " Live in the solution, Not the problem."
--- Told to me by My Mom
--- Contributed by Joe Stevens Jr.--- Louisiana

· " While one person hesitates because he feels inferior,
The other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."
--- Henry C. Link
--- Contributed by Martha H. Varzaly --- Pennsylvania

· " The ultimate test of a relationship
Is to hold hands while you argue!"
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Tim Reeves --- Arkansas

· " In order for there to be ups, there must be downs.
Remember all your failures, so when you succeed
You can look back and have pride
That you strength enough to overcome."
--- Sean Skrmetta --- Mississippi

· " Those who live in the past have no future!"
--- Father Lopez --- Submitted by Cortney Bliss --- Florida

· " Successful people in this world are those who get up
And look for circumstances they want.
If they can't find them, they make them."
--- George Bernard Shaw

· " The price of excellence is discipline.
The cost of mediocrity is disappointment."
--- William W. Ward

· " I don't know the secret to success,
But the key to failure is to try and please everyone!"
--- Bill Cosby --- Sent in by Stephanie Wurst --- Wisconsin
· " Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson --- Anonymous

· " We are often so caught up in our destination
That we forget to appreciate the journey,
Especially the goodness of the people we meet along the way.
Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don't overlook it."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan

· " It is not the perfect picture we are looking for,
But rather time spent to be captured."
--- Brian Aanestad --- California

· " How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
To improve the world."
--- Anne Frank --- Sent in by Terésa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia

· S L O W D A N C E:

" Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last
Do you run through each day on the fly
When you ask "How are you?"
do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
'Cause you never had time
to call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away...

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Amy Yates --- Texas

· " What's hidden in the brush is only dark til you shine a light on it !
The jungle awaits the sun !"
--- Shane Barkley --- Indiana

· THE BOTTOM LINE

" FACE IT, nobody owes you a living.
What you achieve, or fail to achieve in your lifetime
Is directly related to what you do or fail to do.
No one chooses his parent or childhood,
But you can choose your own direction.
Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome,
But that too is relative to each individual.
NOTHING IS CARVED IN STONE!

You can change anything in your life
If you want to badly enough.
Excuses are for losers! Those who take responsibility for their actions
Are the real winners in life.
Winners meet life challenges head on
Knowing there are guarantees, and give it all they've got
And never think it's too late or too early to begin.

Time plays no favorites
And will pass whether you act or not
Take control of your LIFE
Dare to Dream and take risks.......
Compete!
If you aren't willing to work for your goals Don't expect others to.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!"
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Sally Nguyen --- Virginia

· " Charity sees the need, not the cause."
--- German proverb --- Sent in by Toni Palmer --- England

· " In any moment of decision,
The best thing you can do is the right thing.
The worst thing you can do is nothing."
--- Theodore Roosevelt --- Sent in by Bobby K. --- Ontario, Canada

· " Do something bad and regret it
Do something good and forget it."
--- Richard Braekevelt --- Michigan

· " We fail because deep inside we want to.
We rise when we have no alternatives.
Extinguish your alternatives
And you have no where to go but UP !!"
--- Nirvikar Dahiya --- India

· " It is amazing what can be accomplished,
When you don't care who gets the credit."
--- John Wooden --- Compliments of Jennifer --- Virginia
--- Author's name provided by Jay Francisco --- California --- 6/01/00

· The Girl In The Glass "

When you get what you want in the struggle of life
And the world makes you queen for a day...
Go to the mirror and take a look at yourself
And see what that girl has to say.

It isn't your mother, father or husband
Whose judgement on you must pass.
The person whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the girl staring back from the glass.

You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you are a wonderful girl.
But the girl in the glass says you are a bum
If you can't look her straight in the eye.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on your back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the girl in the glass."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Mandi Brown --- Texas

· " My interest is in the future,
Because I'm going to be spending the rest of my life there."
--- Charles Kettering --- Sent in by Dr. L.J. Turchi --- California

· " The Secret to Success:
Trust God, Work Hard, Help Others, Be Sincere."
--- Derrick Jordan --- Florida

· " There is no self-made man.
You will reach your goals only with the help of others."
--- George Shinn --- Sent in by Toni Palmer --- England

· " Winners win. That's what winners do."
--- Sent in by Glenn Ramirez

· " Live your life as an Exclamation rather than an explanation."
--- Bob Newton --- Alberta, Canada

· " If it is the philosopher's stone you seek, find it in your friends,
For your friends can turn a day as dark as coal
Into a day that's as bright as gold."
--- Vonce

· " Treat people as if they were what they ought to be,
And you help them to become what they are capable of being."
--- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
--- Contributed by Ray Leduc --- Ontario, Canada

· " As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
--- Goethe --- Contributed by Marlene

· " Procrastination is the natural assassin of opportunity."
--- Unknown --- Dalton Marshall --- Calgary, Alberta

· " Talents are nurtured best in solitude,
But character on life's tempestuous seas!"
--- Goethe --- Sent in by Terésa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia

· " All we are given is possibilities
To make of ourselves one thing or another...."
--- Anonymous --- Sent in by Debbie Mata

· " Wrinkles merely indicate where the smiles have been."
--- 'Following the Equator' --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington

· " Believing in yourself, is in endless destination.
Believing you have failed, is the end of your journey."
--- Sarah Meredith --- West Virginia

· Something I tell myself when I feel like someone is trying to tear me
down:

" When you are standing on a table:
Be careful.....
For it is a lot easier for someone to pull you down from the table
Than for you to help them up onto it."
--- Lisa Frisby

· " In the end,
Being first and achieving all your goals doesn't happen all the time.
Still, I think you should dream big dreams,
As long as you're willing to work toward those dreams.
Never look back and say,
'If only I had done this or that, I could have reached my dreams.'
When you have a dream, your first and only goal should be
To prepare yourself as best you can and try your best.
That's all anyone can ask.
When you do that, as my dad says, no matter what the scoreboard reads,
You'll always walk away a winner."
--- Dan Marino, QB of the Miami Dolphins --- Sent in by Mike K.

· " There is only Me stopping Me from being Successful."
--- Mike Pritchard --- North Wales, UK

· " If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Brianne Wilson --- Washington

· " Every boxer gets knocked down,
The champions get back up and fight another round."
--- Mike --- Illinois

· " A good friend is hard to find,
Hard to lose,
And impossible to forget."
--- Lyndsey Boucherle

· " Never say I love you if you don't care
Never talk about feelings, if they're not really there
Never talk touch a life if you mean to break a heart."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Erin Davadilla --- Philippines

· DON'T QUIT

" When things go wrong
As they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit...
Rest if you must -- but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things go wrong
That you mustn't quit."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Steve Hedderson --- Ontario, Canada

· " Rules can be made and therefore reshaped or broken.
Principles cannot be arbitrarily made...
They must never be broken.
Rules are temporal, principals are eternal.
Rules are helpful, principles are essential."
--- Charles R. Swindoll --- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

· " Fools scatter about their many attributes,
The wise keep such within;
A piece of straw floats upon the surface of water
A precious gemstone sinks to the bottom!
Therefore, it is best to disregard the seen
And concentrate upon the unseen.
Only within the latter may riches be found."
--- Ancient Greek parable --- Sent in by Annice LeGrande --- Maryland

· " Every person you meet knows something you don't,
Learn from them."
--- H. Jackson Brown --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

· " Lack of will power has caused more failure
Than lack of intelligence or ability."
--- Flower A. Newhouse --- Submitted by Ed --- Singapore

· " Imagination - sparks dreams and laughter,
Dissolves barriers, expands knowledge and lights the mind.
Imagination also holds captive in dark places
Both the weak and strong, liquifies courage,
Builds enormous insurmountable fear."
--- Donnie Hall --- Kentucky

· " You're a very special person
Though at times you may feel bad
You are special to your mother
And important to your dad
Your parents may have chided you
And you've never understood -
That they wanted what is best for you
And did it for your good.

Because you are so special
They want to see you grow -
Into the kind of person -
That people like to know.
Life isn't always easy
But you have to hold on tight
To the knowledge that you're special
And always do what's right.

If you learn to cope with problems
And be careful what you say
If you keep the ten commandments
Then there will come a day -
In the not too distant future
When you'll be very glad
That you were important
To a loving Mom and Dad."
--- ©Florence McInnes (my mom)
--- Sent in by her daughter Pauline Richard --- Canada

· " Ordinary people do ordinary things.
EXTRAORDINARY people do EXTRAORDINARY things!"
--- Fred Dennis, Gymnastics Coach --- Submitted by Phil Anderson --- Indiana

· " Don't ever assume that the same old rules apply,
That things should be as they were.
Constantly reevaluate everything!
Break the rules, make new ones.
Change your goals. Adapt your methods.
Try desperately to find a different perspective.
Maybe the old way is still the best...but maybe not."
--- Chad King --- Texas

· " To be or not to be, that is your decision."
--- Pat Paradowski --- New Jersey

· " Each day brings with it an opportunity to build
Upon the wisdom and understanding in your life.
Embrace it!"
--- Lori Hard --- California

· " A true friend never gets in your way
Unless you happen to be going down."
--- Robert Edwards --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

· " To see the sun set
And then the night sky fill with stars
Is not half as beautiful to the eyes
As a dream is to the soul"
--- David Gethings --- New Jersey

· " Nobody ever drowned in sweat."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Wes Wright ---Texas

· " You cannot change your life by changing your life
You can only change your life if you change your thinking."
--- Jannie Putter --- South Africa

· " The incredible power to change your life
Into whatever you wish to be
Lies within you, right now,
Waiting to be unchained."
--- Bruce H. Liu --- California

· " Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation)
There is one elementary truth,
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
Then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one
That would otherwise never have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
Raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents
And meetings and material assistance,
Which no man could have dreamt
Would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
( Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. )"
--- W.N. Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition - 1951
--- Contributed by Gary Harrington --- Michigan

· " The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible
And indescribably as the tints of morning or evening.
It is a little star-dust caught,
A segment of the rainbow which I have clutched."
--- Henry David Thoreau --- Sent in by Sue --- Australia

· " DREAM the BIG DREAM;
Build your Imagination and
Create vivid pictures of HOPE."
--- Ty Howard --- Maryland

· " There is no real excellence in all this world
Which can be separated from right living."
--- David Starr Jordan --- Sent to us by Naomi Sena --- California

· " Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might,
And when you laugh, laugh like hell,
And when you get angry, get good and angry.
Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. "
--- William Saroyan --- Sent in by Kristie Ames --- Louisiana

· " Make your best effort when the opportunity arises
And you shall not fail."
--- Lori Hard --- California

· " Hope is like a balloon,
It can't soar to the heavens
If you hold it by the string."
--- Lyndsey Boucherle

· " Things work out best for the people
Who make the best out of the way things work out."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Randy M. --- California

· " Nobody is ever old until the day
That dreams are replaced by regrets...

Some people see mistakes as failure in life
Whilst others see it as gaining experience
For handling what they will have to overcome
Tomorrow..
Are you preparing yourself for tomorrow
Or are you like the fool who wants only to
Follow in the footsteps of another
Never to experience the greatness of personal victory?"
--- Jannie Putter --- South Africa

· " When I was a young man I observed
That nine out of the ten things I did were failures.
Not wanting to be a failure,
I did ten times more work."
--- Roosevelt --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

· " Love is not a fairy tale that is always soft and cozy.
It is the journey of Life.
It transcends slowly the superficial emotions
Of anger, jealousy, hatred.
It climbs higher with each passing day of difficulties.
It rides life's storms one by one,
Until finally, after years of effort,
It attains the highest level of existence known to man.
It merges in that state of being, mortals call Heaven."
--- Written by Dr. Nirvikar Dahiya --- India

· " Why continue to chase fire flies,
When it's pyrotechnics you really desire?"
--- Diana Roth --- South Carolina

· " It would appear that most individuals
Can quite easily come up with a myriad of reasons
Why something WOULDN'T WORK.
Why most things imagined and dreamed about
Are never brought to fruition is because
So few ask the question -- Why WOULDN'T IT WORK?"
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

· " Lose this day loitering,
'Twill be the same story
Tomorrow -- and the next more dilatory.
Then indecision brings its own delays,
and days are lost lamenting over days!
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute!
What you can do, or dream you can --begin it!
Courage has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated.
Begin it, and the work will be completed."
--- Goethe --- Sent in by Larry Collister --- California

· BEGIN AGAIN

One of the best things we can do in our lives is this:
Begin again.

Begin to see yourself as you were
When you were the happiest and strongest you've ever been.

Begin to remember what worked for you
(and what worked against you),
And try to capture the magic again.

Begin to remember how natural it was when you were a child --
To live a lifetime each day.

Begin to forget the baggage you have carried with you
For years:
The problems that don't matter anymore,
The tears that cried themselves away,
And the worries that are going to wash away
On the shore of tomorrow's new beginnings.

Tomorrow tells us it will be here every new day of our lives;
And if we will be wise,
We will turn away from the problems of the past
And give the future -- and ourselves -- a chance
To become the best of friends.

Sometimes all it takes is a wish in the heart to let yourself ..
Begin again."
--- Collin McCarty

· " The best way to predict the future is to create it!"
--- Jason Kaufmann --- Sent in by Dave Holicky --- Virginia

· " Only those who will risk going too far
Can possibly find out how far one can go."
--- T.S. Eliot --- Sent in by Adam Koch --- California

· " When making decisions do what makes sense
Instead of other reasons such as impatience, hostility,
Too much pride, people pleasing, fear, chance for luck, etc."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Dennis Looper --- North Carolina

· " My soul has a wordless song for you."
--- Andrina --- Alberta, Canada

· " There are two things to aim for in life :
The first is to get what you what,
The second to enjoy it when you get it,
Only the wisest of mankind achieves the second. "
--- Marthiens and Teresa --- Australia

· " Never hold on because you are too afraid to let go. "
--- Sarah Smith --- Canada

· " Say the Best; Think the Rest."
--- Sandy Fuentes

· " If the word QUIT is part of your vocabulary,
Then the word FINISH is likely not."
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

· " The only person you need to prove anything to
Is yourself."
--- David Gethings --- New Jersey

· " I've learned that we cannot forget or throw away our past,
But we must not allow our past to control us either.
We must learn and grow from our past failures,
Disappointments, pains and experiences.
Reset our goals and priorities... and move forward.
Start TODAY, by Un-Ty-ing the knots that LIMIT you!"
--- Ty Howard, Age 28 --- Maryland